Italy’s Serie A has appointed Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi as its first woman referee for the 2022-23 football season.
The 31-year-old currently holds the title as the first woman to referee a match involving a Serie A team in 2021 – Cagliari’s Italian Cup clash with Cittadella.
She will now referee a top-flight match for the first time next term after joining the league’s officiating team on Friday.
“It’s a very beautiful moment and one of great satisfaction and it’s also sad to think that someone should be amazed by the presence of a woman,” said Alfredo Trentalange, president of the referees’ governing body in Italy.
“Obviously it’s news that Maria Sole will be the first woman in the Serie A pool, and it’s a historical moment, but the promotion is an advancement that comes from merit and not from privilege.”
Ferrieri joined the referees’ association in 2007, working in the provincial and regional leagues, before she started officiating Serie D matches in 2015.
In 2019, she oversaw two Women’s European Championship qualifying games and, the following year, began refereeing Serie C matches, plus one Serie B clash between Cittadella and SPAL, before Cagliari’s Coppa Italia encounter.
Photo 1 Caption: Italy’s Serie A has appointed Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi as its first woman referee for the 2022-23 football season. Photo: FT_Italiano (Twitter)